A raging husband torched his wife’s wedding dress after a row.
James Ian Ratcliffe, 35, set fire to the £1,000 dress which had been worn by his wife Nicola during their nuptials 10 months previously, a court heard.
She discovered the burnt remains of the garment in the garden of their Macclesfield home the day after walking out on him following an argument over his plans to store an air rifle in a the house, magistrates were told.
Ratcliffe also damaged a baby monitor, baby thermometer and mobile phone charger during a rage he himself described as ‘thermonuclear’, the court heard.
At Macclesfield magistrates’ court, Ratcliffe, of St Austell Avenue, admitted arson and criminal damage.
Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said the Ratcliffes had been together for six years and married in August 2015.
The court heard that Ratcliffe was treated in hospital for an insulin overdose after the incident.
Mrs Byrne said:
Jenny Fields, defending, said Ratcliffe was getting help from a mental health team.
Magistrates bailed Ratcliffe to speak to the probation service ahead of a sentencing hearing in the same court on July 19.